You could definitely say Mum started it all. Not only did she give birth to me, nurtured me but she also passed on those jewelry and beading genes. Mum makes beautiful beaded shoes, bags and pictures for family and friends and is still actively beading today well into her seventies.

Way to go Mum! A very Happy Mother's Day to you and all the other mothers out there.

Cultural notes :

Nonyas are the women of a unique fusion cultural group in South East Asia. In recent years, their artistic flair and craftsmanship have led to a revival of interest in their artforms notably their beaded shoes and nonya kebayas (embroidered tops). For more information, check out my earlier post on nonya beaded shoes.